It’s coming! Winter will be here before you know it. So how are you going to celebrate the first day of winter in your nursing facility? If you need a few ideas, then keep reading to find 9 fun activities to incorporate on that first day of the season.
Make seasonal JEWELRY
Provide residents with easy to use stretch jewelry cording and assorted winter beads to string festive bracelets and necklaces. Recruit your residents to make lots of bracelets and necklaces that you can either use as winter prizes for an upcoming winter carnival in your facility, use as crafts that can be sold at an upcoming winter crafts fair or give as gifts!
Decorate Winter Picture Frames
Help your residents move from autumn to winter by having them decorate a winter picture frames for their rooms. Supply residents with the kit’s paint and winter cutouts to create winter-themed frames that can be filled with photos of their favorite staff member or grandchildren.
Host a Winter Discussion
Plan a fun winter discussion for your residents to talk about their favorite things of winter. Use a winter activity card set to get the discussion going as you pass around pictures of winter photos. Encourage residents to reminisce and tell stories of their favorite winter experiences.
Decorate the Windows
Recruit your residents to help you decorate your Activity Room for the season by placing winter static clings on walls and windows for added seasonal cheer.
Make Snow Globes
Since the first day of winter falls on a weekend, plan an inter-generational craft with the grandchildren by showing residents and kids how to assemble their own snow globes. For the project, first have participants draw their own winter scene on paper before adding the scenes to the globe. Then have them fill their globes with water.
Organize an Indoor Snowball Fight
Schedule a fun indoor snowball fight for your residents using light and fluffy indoor snowballs that residents can toss back and forth. Encourage staff members to get in on the action by participating in the fun activity.
Winter Poetry Reading
Share winter poems and other writings to your residents sharing what winter is like for various animals. Use the activity as an opportunity for residents to interject and discuss their experiences of winter with their own animals.
Make Festive Snowmen Decor
Have residents make their own snowmen decor on the first day of winter! The first option is sewing festive snowman banners that can be used to add cheer to their apartment doors for the season. Supply residents with the kit’s felt, buttons, floss, and needles to easily assemble the winter-themed banners. If sewing doesn’t appeal to your residents try this cute snowman box craft kit. It’s great for holding holiday treats! What kind of Frosty strikes your fancy?!
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